Monday, January 12, 2015

Scarlett's 15,000 Km Service

At 14,867 kilometers, Scarlett is close enough to 15,000 Km mark for me to do her 15K km service.

The service actually started at 14,479 when I swapped out her tires; it was at that point that I greased all the drive splines, wheel splines and u-joints.

Today, I did the valve clearance checks and found the right jug's exhaust valve way loose!  In fact, I am using up more adjustment on the nut that on the intake valve on this jug, something to watch more closely.

 Intake valve adjuster nut, about three threads still sticking out.

Exhaust valve adjuster nut, maybe one thread sticking out.

Valve clearances are now at .004 inches per the manual on both sides.  I inspected the spark plugs and they were the expected color and condition.  I regapped them to .04 inches and installed them back in with some anti-seize compound on the threads.

Next significant task was the draining of the gas tank.  I had returned home and hadn't filled up as is my habit just because of this task.  You see, the checklist says to check the inline filter and I'd not realized there was one inside the tank as well as the outside one; the last time I did services!

Spilling only small amounts of remaining gasoline, I got the fitting off the right side bottom of the tank and here's what we found:

 Crud in the form of metallic shavings!  Arrgh.
Found even more in the hole that leads to the hole that 
feeds the outside fuel filter.  See below pic.

A bit of careful prying out of the crud with a small screwdriver and a few blasts of air and it was all cleaned up.  I replaced the fuel fitting with little issues, tested for leaks, found none.  Yay.

At this point, I cranked up the engine to put full pressure on the EFI system and no leaks still.

After lunch, it was time to change out the fluids on Scarlett.  I went out for a ten mile ride to warm things up and get all particulates into suspension.  "Sounds fancy doesn't it?".

Got home and drained out both the engine, transmission and final drive oils and let them drain drain.

Other than breaking the cheap oil filter wrench and having to go buy a new one, no issues replacing the oil filter and refilling all components to desired levels.  Levels which will be checked again after the next ride of course.

Let's see, air filter replaced because though the checklist only called for inspect, I tore the air filter while removing it so I put in a new one, less than $10, no big deal.

Wheel spokes were checked today.  Balancing the throttle bodies, or at least, the checking of same will have to wait till I get the vacuum ports installed later this month.  More on that later.

Such a fun-filled life, the life of a Uralista.

Previously: Dillon Reservoir and Loveland Pass


Richard M said...

I noticed that both of my rocker arms have some endplay. On the BMW, there is essentially 0.000" endplay. It seems unusual to me but the only adjustment method would be to add shims.

That seems like a lot of filings left from the manufacturing process in the tank. Maybe it's hard to flush out....

Charlie6 said...

The amount of crud was surprising. Am hoping next time there's less or none. I like the idea of shims to add more adjustment room!

SonjaM said...

Good stuff, Dom. If you were to accompany me on my travels I might seriously consider a hack one fine day ;-)

Charlie6 said...

SonjaM, what I know re URAL Hacks, is easily learned by anyone, really....

Greybeard said...

Even a blind pig finds an acorn now and then.
I'm a blind pig.
I'm also a two-wheel enthusiast.
I'm also a 1967 graduate of class 28-67 at Ft. Knox, which allowed me to put Butter Bars on my epaulets.
Flight School in '68.
VN in '68-69.
I now own 6 bikes, and I'm unashamed.
I'm delighted to find you.

Charlie6 said...


Happy to make your acquaintance!

CCjon said...

Dom, great update on Scarlett. Glad she is performing well for you.

With the camera, the Sony A5000, what is your analysis? A keeper or keep looking?

Charlie6 said...

Thanks CCJon, as to the Sony A5000, I like it a produces sharper images than my previous cameras to be sure....

cons: as slim as it is, once you start using lenses, it becomes bulky...especially when it's cold and one has to tuck it under one's windproof layer. One guy told me he keeps the camera outside but keeps the battery for it warm in an inside pocket. I might try that, next snowy ride.

Not weatherproof at all, so care must be taken.

pros: easy to learn and use. Haven't tried videos yet, mixed results there so far.

love the flip up LCD display, allows me to do low angle shots without having to lay on the ground!

I think if there was a weather-resistant version, that'd be my choice.